Coin Specifications

Category: Mercury Dimes (1916-1945)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 8,090,000
Catalog: KM-140
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 2.50 Grams
ASW: 0.0723oz
Melt Value: $1.06 (7/30/2015)
Diameter: 17.8mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 S 10C MS obverse 1938 S 10C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

As with Denver's dime coinage for 1938, this was the last San Francisco issue to have a mintage below 10 million pieces. Even so, the widespread practice of saving BU rolls was well in place by 1938, and there's no shortage of Mint State 1938-S dimes.

This issue varies widely in striking quality, so collectors will want to shop around. Full Bands examples are in the minority, but they are more likely to be submitted for grading, and this accounts for the certified population below.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/20/2014

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1938 S 10C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 2.80 2.90 3.10 3.20 3.50 9.00 11.00 12.00 14.50 22.00 25.00 28.00 35.00 42.00 85.00 290 925 - -
$ - - - - - - 26.00 30.00 38.00 45.00 95.00 350 -
1938 S 10C MS Full Bands
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 25.00 28.00 35.00 50.00 160 240 950 5000 - -
$ - - - - - 27.00 30.00 38.00 60.00 175 310 2100 12000

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 943
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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8/16/2015 MS 67  Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7473


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1/3/2006 PCGS MS 68   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 1921 $5,175.00
10/25/2007 NGC MS 67   Full Bands David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 189, 195/Lot# 5408 $477.25
2/14/2008 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 294 $690.00
4/22/2008 PCGS MS 66   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL US Coin Final Session #1105, 1105/Lot# 7660 $172.50
11/2/2008 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands Teletrade Auction 2606, 2606/Lot# 1460 $50.00
5/27/2009 PCGS MS 67   Full Bands Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 7575 $373.75
4/17/2011 PCGS MS 64   Full Bands GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/17/2011, 111/Lot# 7643 $33.00
6/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   Full Bands Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20214 $105.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 S 10C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333636772163515108820453314
3333333333333236468102280706140724680
0000003333333236468102280706140700
0000003333333436570132397897172600
1938 S 10C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333727681179553115521503465
3333333333333267377113303753148625880
0000003333333267377113303753148600
0000003333333497479146428954181800
1938 S 10C MS Full Bands
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333163250677276891063484771051198534316986
33333337213855687380941863916681362246746160
00000037213855687380941863916681362246700
0000003112644617074841002674348591673294900
1938 S 10C MS Full Bands, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333203759768185981193755121115208835857247
333333382544647782891052044207131439258748050
000000382544647782891052044207131439258700
0000003143151707983931122894669141763308600
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Grade: MS 68 FB
Points: 1985
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 67 FB
Points: 1051
Owner: Jwillie33
 
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